In my tiny little hometown of Bacon’s Castle, the cemetery surrounds the ruins of an old church.
Its proper name is Lawns Creek Parish, but to anyone who has ever lived in or near Bacon’s Castle, it’s simply “Brick Church”.
My sister, June, took this picture several years ago, showing a portion of the ruins. You can see the “brace” around the exterior of the walls to provide support.
Sadly, Hurricane Isabel in 2003, toppled several huge old trees in the cemetery, causing severe damage to the ruins. The brace was no match for the power of that storm.
It was a heartbreaking sight. When Marshall and I first saw it, I cried, and I think he was holding back tears.
In addition to the devastation to the church ruins, numerous tombstones were displaced by the uprooted trees.
Removing the trees and replacing/repairing the tombstones took quite some time. After the trees were gone, it was easy to see how badly the church had been damaged.
The decision was made to retain and restore as much of the church ruins as possible. That work has been slow and problem-filled, and still isn’t complete. This is Brick Church today.
The Old Brick Church has known its share of sadness: being burned in 1868, crushed by a hurricane in 2003, hundreds of years of funerals all around it. But, in spite of all that tragedy, what remains of Brick Church still stands proudly as one of the landmarks of that little town .